The Diocese of Chester and Manchester have taken out a subscription to GRANTnet to help Parishes find suitable funding. This page will give you information on using GRANTnet, useful tips and resources.
What is GRANTnet?
GRANTnet is straightforward FREE-to-use service that includes:
- Over 4,000 grants and other incentives
- Data from EC/Government departments, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors
- Identification of funding sources specific to your need
- Searches relevant to your local geographical area
Who can use GRANTnet?
Anyone designated by your church. Following a simple registration process, you may access the site using your chosen log in name and password, which will be e-mailed to you. Grantnet is for use by Parishes and related community projects in the Dioceses of Manchester and Chester only.
How do I register to use GRANTnet?
Go to: GRANTnet homepage. Enter your email address, Organisation Name, postal address and telephone number and click on the ‘Register’ button. You should receive an email providing your log in name and password within a short time. Your contact details and search information will be made available to the support staff in the Dioceses of Chester and Manchester. They will not be made available to any third parties or used to target you with unsolicited emails or advertisements.
How do I use GRANTnet?
To search the database, you will need to answer 3 simple questions about your project or activity and the type of funding required. At each step there is a HELP screen. GRANTnet will provide an overview of all funding schemes suitable for your project. Examine these in detail against your requirements and create a shortlist of potential funders. When you have completed a session in GRANTnet, details of the final search will be also be sent to the Support Officer for your Diocese, who will be able to supply you with a more detailed report of funders you are interested in, and offer relevant advice. Log onto GRANTnet
What do I need to do before I search for funding?
We recommend that you read the documents under the ‘Resources’ section and seek support when preparing any application. Experience has proved that successful applications are usually made by those who have received support from experienced people in the grant application process.
We have run a number of introductory sessions to GRANTnet and hope to provide opportunities for networking soon. If you have registered with GRANTnet you will be emailed about any forth coming events. You can also keep an eye out on the Social Responsibility Welcome page which will also detail any organised training / network sessions. We are happy to attend deanery and other meetings to introduce GRANTnet and to give a general introduction to fundraising.
Where can I find further help and advice
- From the ‘Funders’ particularly their web sites
- Successful / unsuccessful Applicants
- Councils for Voluntary Action [formerly CVS]
- Chester Diocese: Christian Giving Adviser: Martin Smith
- GRANTnet: Training Notes
- Application Writing: Tips
- Beginner’s Guide to Securing funding
- Fundraising Strategy: Tips
- Grant Making Trusts Supportive of Community Projects: Contact Info
Please contact Victoria Day and let us know if any of your applications are successful. This will allow us to continue to assess the effectiveness of GRANTnet and decide whether we should continue with the subscription
For more information please contact Victoria Day (Tel: 01244 681973 ext 263)
Please let us know of your funding success stories or challenges or training needs. If you are able to share your fundraising skills with another parish (particularly an Urban Priority Area parish) or can help by promoting Grantnet within your deanery/neighbouring parishes in 2012, please email Janice Mason or Tel: 07918 732805.